Sept. 30, 2004

Beep Beep is Coming Through Chicago

By Randy J. Klodz

Beep Beep, coming through! Rock quartet, Beep Beep, from Omaha, Neb., will be coming through Chicago again, this time for two dates at Metro, Oct. 6 and Oct. 7 in support of the Faint and TV on the Radio.

Beep Beep includes Eric Bemberger and Chris Hughes on vocals and guitar, Joel Petersen on bass (he also doubles as the bassist for the Faint) and Mike Sweeney on drums.

It should be noted that, although, Mike Sweeney, the band’s drummer, has the same name as all-star Major League Baseball player Mike Sweeney of the Kansas City Royals, he is of no relation to the baseball star. Beep Beep’s Eric Bemberger said that, “Our drummer’s like 5-foot-2,” cancelling any hope of a hidden identity to the Major Leaguer, as the Kansas City first-baseman is over a foot taller than the Beep Beep drummer.

What should easily be taken from a short spin of “Business Casual,” released Aug. 24, and the publicity photo accompanying this article, is that Beep Beep has a natural knack to amuse those with a healthy sense of humor. “We’ve read a few reviews of what we did on the record was misinterpreted as angry which is blasphemous to us because we’re not manly, we’re not angry,” Bemberger said. “We hope that people are annoyed by us, but at the same time somewhat intrigued.”

The album’s opener “I Am the Secretary” is sure to do some intriguing of its own. With spastic vocals—picture a combination of Johnny Whitney of the Blood Brothers and an engrossed version of Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz fame—and rocking guitars, Beep Beep sure doesn’t fit into the standard molded by fellow Saddle Creek artists. And with a song title to the groovy “Giggle Giggle,” one shouldn’t have a hard time telling whether Beep Beep is about fun or anger. No angry band would title a song “Giggle Giggle.”

And don’t think the band’s name has anything to do with some fascination with the Warner Bros. cartoon character Roadrunner. “We’re already upset that Warner Bros. owns every possible version of Beep Beep as a URL, and he doesn’t say ‘Beep Beep,’ it’s more ‘Meep Meep,’” Bemberger said.

Metro is at 3730 N. Clark St. Tickets for both shows are listed for $15 each with the Oct. 6 show being 18+ and starting at 9 p.m., and the all-ages Oct. 7 show starting at 7 p.m. Beep Beep’s Chris Hughes said that Beep Beep will be making plans to make its own headlining or co-headlining tour in the spring of 2005. The Oct. 7 date will also be special to Hughes, as he will be celebrating his 30th birthday with a Chicago audience. For more information on Beep Beep log on to www.ilovebeepbeep.com.

Beep Beep Photo: c/o Saddle Creek Records